Russian Ambassador says losing part of sovereignty in economic union natural

Any country joining an international union, in particular, an economic union, loses part of its sovereignty to a supranational body, said Russian Ambassador to Armenia Ivan Volynkin at a press conference on Thursday.

The diplomat was commenting on opinions voiced in Armenia recently that by joining the Russia-led Customs Union Armenia will lose its national sovereignty.

“It happens anyway, and there is nothing criminal, horrific or tragic about it. For example, any state participating in EU integration processes concedes part of its sovereignty, but it does not mean that full sovereignty is lost,” said Volnynkin, according to newsarmenia.ru.

The Russian ambassador spoke as the Armenian government approved a roadmap towards joining the Customs Union of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan. All procedures related to drafting a document for formal accession talks are expected to be completed by the end of the year.

The efforts stem from the decision announced by President Serzh Sargsyan following his talks with Russian leader Vladimir Putin in Moscow on September 3 that Armenia has opted to join the economic bloc of three post-Soviet nations.